updated 09:15 pm EST, Wed January 6, 2010
Samsung shows 3D LED TVs with 2D to 3D conversion
At its press conference on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, Samsung showed off a new LED HDTV series, comprised of the LED9000, LED8000 and LED7000. The 9000 is the flagship and, at just 0.3 inches thick, or about the width of a pencil, is the slimmest LED TV made to date, Samsung says. Part of what the company is calling the widest 3D TV product range offering, all three are compatible with the Blu-ray 3D standard. This flagship TV is the headline-grabber and ships with a full touchscreen remote control that will let users watch TV on the remote itself while a Blu-ray movie is playing on the TV screen.
The remote also has a Wi-Fi connection and infrared technology. When connected to a network, it can view photos from a host PC as it is fully DLNA-compliant. As for the LED9000, itself, its control panel opens automatically when it detects a user is coming near the display. The LED9000 is also the only confirmed device with the ability to turn standard 2D video to 3D on the fly thanks to RealD technology, a partner of Samsung's.
While details are scarce on the LED8000 and LED7000 sets, they are less feature-packed. The LED8000 has a different bezel, swapping the brushed aluminum for crystal-covered aluminum for a softer look. The LED7000 uses a mystic earth color for its exterior. Samsung has not specified the screen sizes of the LED TVs, however, nor their expected ship dates or prices.
Samsung will also make its LCD750 3D panel and PDP7000 plasma 3D panel, which is just 1.4 inches thick.
The company also announced it has partnered with Technicolor and Dreamworks to provide 3D Blu-ray content, and will release the first movie, Monsters vs. Aliens 3D, later this year. Pricing wasn't discussed.